Since November 2009, the United Nations officially assigned July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day or Mandela Day. Annually the world celebrated the contribution of the former President of South Africa, who has remained the leader of the anti-apartheid movement, civil rights advocate who dedicated his life to fighting for equality. This year’s UN theme is “Do what you can with what you have and where you are” – Nelson Mandela. “
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s government focused on dismantling the legacy of white supremacy over black by fostering racial reconciliation. To honour his contributions to peace and culture, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution A/RES/64/13 in 2009, designating July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day. The resolution emphasises the significance of Mandela’s principles in his struggle to bring democracy to South Africa, The Statesman reported.
In accordance with this goal, the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Literacy for Leadership and Mandela Day Container Library projects promote traditional and technological literacy programmes that include skill development. These programmes are ongoing initiatives to promote literacy as a vital life skill among South African youth. To date, the library project has established more than 65 permanent libraries in impoverished schools throughout South Africa.
The theme for Nelson Mandela International Day 2022
The theme for Nelson Mandela International Day 2022 is “do what you can with what you have and where you are,” according to the United Nations and on this occasion, the Nelson Mandela Foundation will focus on its food and nutrition program.
The “each one feeds one” initiative of the Nelson Mandela Foundation was started in the woke of Covid -19 as a way to donate food to the people in need. A notice was released by the foundation on Sunday 26 April 2020 stating that “To respond to the increased levels of food insecurity, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Imbumba Foundation and Kolisi Foundation have partnered on an initiative called #Each1Feed1. The name of the fund is inspired by the old Congress of South African Students (COSAS) mantra ‘Each one, teach one”. – Nelson Mandela Foundation
The United Nations highlights the same initiative to observe International Nelson Mandela Day. According to The United Nation, the theme finds significance given the geopolitical landscape in eastern Europe as well as sporadic conflicts in the Horn of Africa, followed by the crisis in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and various other parts of the world, as the UN chief notes.
“Today, the world honours a giant of our time; a leader of unparalleled courage and towering achievement; and a man of quiet dignity and deep humanity. Nelson Mandela was a healer of communities and a mentor to generations. He remains a moral compass and reference to us all. Madiba walked the path to freedom and dignity with steely determination – and with compassion and love. He showed that each and every one of us has the ability – and responsibility – to build a better future for all.
Our world today is marred by war; overwhelmed by emergencies; blighted by racism, discrimination, poverty, and inequalities; and threatened by climate disaster. Let us find hope in Nelson Mandela’s example and inspiration in his vision. Today and every day, let us honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy by taking action. By speaking out against hate and standing up for human rights. By embracing our common humanity – rich in diversity, equal in dignity, united in solidarity.
And by together making our world more just, compassionate, prosperous, and sustainable for all.”